This breed has a characteristic Roman nose and a blue skinned head showing through white hair. It is well known for standing tall and proud with alert eyes and long upright ears.
The Bluefaced Leicester evolved from a breeding scheme in Northern England in the 19th century, hence it sometimes being known as the ‘Hexham Leicester’.
Following its early concentration in Northern England, the Bluefaced Leicester is now a popular crossing sired throughout the UK. Many types of Mule sheep in the UK are the result of crossing a hill breed to the Bluefaced Leicester, meaning its genes are found in every corner of the country.
Bluefaced Leicesters are hardy, early maturing and prolific, all traits that are highly prized within Mule breeds when the Bluefaced Leicester is crossed with a hill breed.